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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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This course includes orientation to the profession of nurse anesthesia. The student will gain an understanding of the anesthesia department management and organization. The history of anesthesia will be discussed. Ethical, psychological, professional adjustments and legal responsibilities of the nurse anesthetist will be presented. LEC
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Students will engage in clinical practice that involves introduction to basic anesthesia skills. Emphasis is given to patient assessment, anesthetic planning and management of the patient population of low risk categories. The course includes introduction to clinical problem solving and "call" experiences that address the trauma patient and emergency surgical/anesthetic interventions for pathological states. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. CLN
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An intensive study of the major anatomical systems and regions of the body which have clinical significance for anesthetists and others. Particular attention devoted to the respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. Regional topics include the anatomy of the head, neck, vertebral column, thorax, axilla, and femoral triangle. Involves both lectures and cadaver dissection, plus appropriate models, x-ray films, and audiovisual materials. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program or permission of instructor. LEC
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A course designed to lead to an advanced comprehension of the physiology of organ systems in the human in both cellular and organ processes. Physiology subject matter relevant to clinical health sciences include membrane transport, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, water and electrolyte balance, gastrointestinal, and endocrine physiology as well as neurophysiology. Cellular mechanisms include the structure and function of ion channels and pumps, mechanisms of calcium regulation, excitation-coupling processes and mechanisms of oxidative cell damage and apoptosis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This course is an analysis of complex interrelationships and interdependence of organ systems in health and disease. The focus will be on the central concepts of pathophysiology of the cellular, tissue, and system levels. Selected content relating to pulmonary, cardiovascular, renal gastrointestinal, neurological, immunologic, and endocrine systems is included. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. LEC
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The course introduces the student to the basic foundations of nurse anesthesiology. Principles of anesthesia are integrated with the theories and concepts relative to the art and science of practice. The fundamentals of didactic knowledge as applied to the clinical environment are addressed. The course is designed to provide students with the basic understanding of pathological states that require them to engage in critical thinking to provide safe anesthesia care. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Corequisite: NURA 801. LEC
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This is the first of six successive courses relative to the didactic study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of obstetrical and pediatric patients. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the second of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of orthopedic procedures along with the fluid and electrolyte needs of patients during surgical interventions. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the third of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of urological, ophthalmologic and otorhinolaryngology procedures. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the fourth of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of the geriatric population and patient's with alterations in the endocrine system. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the fifth of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of the neurosurgical patient's and the critically ill or injured. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the sixth of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of cardiothoracic cases and various transplantations. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the first of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the second of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the third of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. CLN
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This is the fourth of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the fifth of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression to cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the sixth of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. CLN
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Chemical and physical principles including states and properties of matter, laws governing the behavior of gases, flow and vaporization, oxidation and combustion; principles of electricity and electrical safety; and chemical properties and structure-activity relationships as a foundation for pharmacology. Course will also cover pertinent areas of organic chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This course introduces students to the introductory principles and theories regarding the art and science of anesthesia practice. Students will develop a conceptual basis for practice gained through a systems approach applied to development of anesthesia care based upon a strong foundation in physical assessment, physiological monitoring, applications of pharmacology, anesthesia systems, physical and chemical basic sciences. Prerequisite: Admission to the nurse anesthesia program or permission of instructor. LEC
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Systems approach to advanced assessment of patients. Principals of monitoring in the evaluation and perioperative care of patients. Emphasis will be on the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, and neurologic systems and their relation to the assessment and monitoring of patients in the anesthesia setting. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed to develop and refine the physical assessment skills of the practitioner as well as enhance their understanding, interpretation, and application of laboratory measurements and advanced diagnostic procedures in the perioperative setting. The course is arranged in a systems approach with emphasis placed on the cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, neurological, and endocrine. Diagnostic procedures and laboratory values specific to each of these systems and their relevance to anesthesia principles and practice will be discussed. The selection of appropriate monitoring devices specific to each system related to individual patient needs will be discussed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Includes study of conductive anesthesia techniques, pharmacokinetics of local anesthetics, anatomical placement, and physiologic response. The course is inclusive of acute and chronic pain management techniques. LEC
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Special study allowing a student to pursue a particular subject through readings, directed assignments, and conferences with a faculty member. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Research leading to the submission of a master's thesis or master's field project for the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Independent scientific investigation in nurse anesthesia. Must be approved by and under the supervision of the student's research advisor. In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor. LEC
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The course will provide a broad overview of nursing theory and research methodologies. Students will examine the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of nurse anesthesia practice. Theories are discussed relative to their influence on the practice and research of nursing and nurse anesthesia. Students will explore the parameters of concept analysis, theory development, and theory evaluation. The student will gain an understanding of how to develop research questions including study design and factors to be considered in initiating a research project. Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice in anesthesia will be reviewed. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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The capstone project is the culmination of the master's degree course of study. The project requires a practice-focused problem be identified and examined in depth. The student will include application of an intervention suitable to their area of focus and dissemination of the project findings to a targeted audience is expected. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor RSC
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Restricted to the writing, preparation of the formal thesis, based upon independent research and in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Thesis must be defended prior to degree completion. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor and NURA 890. THE
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